Illustrator: Ashley King Publisher: Scholastic
When 10-year-old Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him?
Erica’s Elephant is a warm, funny and ever-so-slightly bonkers story about friendship, family and practicality.
Shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards 2018
"Warm, humorous and unexpected... a notable debut" - The Sunday Times, children's book of the week
***** "An absolute gem of a book, perfectly pitched for the MG reader. And their elephant, of course. Highly recommended. And then some." - The Bookbag
***** "Erica's Elephant was one of the most charming and adorable stories I have ever come across....I want ALL children (and adults) to read this book" - Laura's Little Book Blog
"a delight from start to finish... will have everyone giggling" - The Booktrust
"One of the most charming books I have read ... This is a beautiful story about friendship, bravery and practicality - it really is a wonderful little book." - Sue and Pakka's Book Blog
"a charmingly old-fashioned tale of friendship, family and belonging" - The Scotsman (Best children's books for the Summer break)
"There’s really only one thing you need to know about this book: it’s just brilliant!" - Hello Pipski
"Extremely funny - Erica’s Elephant is one of the best books to have crossed my desk this year"- Newbury News
"Chock full of brilliant humour and glorious little illustrations, this is a hugely entertaining book" - ReadItDaddy
"Packed with charm... a tronking triumph" - I AM in print
"A total delight to read... Everything you want in a children's book!" - Blabbering About Books
"What a delightfully Dahlesque tale! I can't believe how much I enjoyed it... Every child will delight at this classical tale that breathes hints of children's literature long forgotten" - Serendipity Reviews
"Among recent books for younger children, Sylvia Bishops' Erica’s Elephant stands out...a sweet,funny&heartfelt story that everyone will enjoy" - Literary Review
"A magical book full of incredible illustrations that will leave your heart feeling full and wonderful" - Faye Rogers for Middle Grade Strikes Back
"As a teacher sharing it with a class it provided some great discussion, the children really loved this book, whenever we had a spare 10 minutes the asked if we could continue reading Erica's Elephant." - The Book Corner
"This is one of the most cute and magical books that I’ve read this year. It has incredible illustrations to go along with it" - BigBookLittleBook
You can read a sample here...
... and you can order the book